Philately news

The artists who are going to design postage stamps for 2012 have come into light. In total, 31 new postage stamps will be issued the next year.

The authors of the next year’s postage stamps will be Valdonė Bručienė, Mindaugas Gribauskas, Vilius Bručas, Irma Balakauskaitė, Aušrelė Ratkevičienė, Ieva Griškaitė, and Indrė Ratkevičiūtė.

“A considerable number of designs, amounting almost up to 100, have been submitted for the competition. We are glad that together with well known postage stamp designers young artist have shown interest in the competition,” Director of Sales Division Arūnas Venckavičius said.

A special attention has been given to the themes dedicated to Christmas, New Year, Railway Bridges and the City of Klaipėda.

Actually, not all authors of the next year’s postage stamps are known. An additional competition is announced to create two postage stamps under the title Visit Lithuania from the set Europa. The postage stamps designs must be submitted to the commission until 16 January 2012.

The winners of the postage stamp design competition have been awarded monetary prizes. The winners of the first place received LTL 1,000 for a stamp, LTL 750 for the second place and LTL 450 for the third place. The author of the best work - the design of the set of two postage stamps or a souvenir sheet with one postage stamp - has been awarded a prize of LTL 1,500. The winner of the second place has received the prize of LTL 1,000 and the prize of LTL 750 has been given to the third place winner.

The winners of the competition have been elected by a special commission consisting of the representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Lithuania Post as well as artists, historians and specialists of other fields.

In 2012, it is planned to issue 29 postage stamps and 2 souvenir sheets on 15 different themes. The stamps of the next year will be dedicated to the Curonian Spit, Lithuania, XXX London Olympic Summer Games, famous people, Christmas and New Year.

The Public Limited Company Lietuvos paštas runs the widest network of access points in Lithuania. Lithuania Post also provides logistic, financial intermediation, and electronic services.

Lithuania Post is inviting the enthusiasts of philately to visit an exhibition of an outstanding philatelist Henrikas Kebeikis. In the exhibition ‘Postage Tariffs of Lithuania Post 1990-1996’ hosted by Vilnius Main Post Office, Mr Kebeikis is presenting his collection awarded in an international philatelic exhibition by the Great Gold Medal.

The exhibition displays almost 100 envelopes with postage stamps of different values. This is one of the most valuable and interesting philatelic collections of Mr Kebeikis, who started building up this collection in 1990, when the first Lithuanian postage stamps of different values appeared in circulation.

In the international exhibition Belfila 2011 arranged in Gomel (Belarus) the collection was awarded the highest prize - the Great Gold Medal. Also, the collection has received prestigious awards in exhibitions staged in the USA and Poland.

Mr Kebeikis has been engaged in the collection of postage stamps for almost half a century - since 1961. Then the young student of Kaunas Polytechnic Institute was inspired by Yuri Gagarin’s space flight. The flight of human being into space is a dominant topic of postage stamps collected by Mr Kebeikis.

The collector also collects postage stamps and envelopes featuring the bridges of Lithuania and other countries worldwide.

More than 80 awards from different countries have been given for Mr Kebeikis’ collections.

The collection of postage stamps ‘Postage Tariffs of Lithuania Post 1990-1996’ will run until January 7.

On Monday, December 5, in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys main post offices postal items will be stamped with a commemorative cancellation designed for the social project „Toli yra Arti“ (Miles Away is Right Here) initiated by the International Organization for Migration.

The commemorative mark will feature a logo of the International Organization for Migration with the years 1951-2011 to commemorate its 60th anniversary. The mark will also show the abbreviations of the organization IOM.OIM. The logo will be surrounded by the wordings “Tarptautinė migracijos organizacija“ (International Organization for Migration) and “Iniciatyvos partneris – Lietuvos paštas” (Initiative Partner – Lithuania Post).